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Tom was born and raised above his family's funeral home in Lancaster. A 1990 graduate of Lancaster High School where he was active musically. He attended and studied music at Indiana University and Bowling Green State University. He decided to follow in his father's footsteps by attending and graduating from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1995. His career has kept him in Central Ohio for the past 25 years. Tom has three sons, Calvin, Keaton, and Andrew. In January 2020, he and his wife, Jenny, were pleased to have the opportunity to purchase the Taylor Funeral Home from the Taylor and Hamann families. We are honored to carry on the Taylor Legacy in our service to the Amanda and Fairfield County families.
Jenny grew up in Phoenix, AZ. A 1989 graduate from Arizona State University with a B.S. in Accounting, she moved near Los Angeles, CA where she lived for 26 years. She raised two children, Becky and Michael, who also became accountants while operating her own bookkeeping business. In 2015, she moved to Ohio to care for her aging parents. She and Tom met shortly after her arrival and married in 2018, an eHarmony success story.
Tom was born and raised in Amanda and graduated from Amanda Clearcreek High School. He attended Ohio University and was a 1987 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.
He became associated with his parents in the operation of the funeral home upon his graduation. He is a member of the Amanda Presbyterian Church, a member and three time past master of the Amanda Masonic Lodge. He married Darla Buckalew in 1994 and they have three children, Matt, Wayne and Justin. In 2000, Tom became the manager of the funeral home operation.
Eleanor "Elly" was born and raised near Scott, Ohio in Paulding Co, She graduated from Blue Creek High School and in 1956 she married Lewis Taylor. While Lew was attending Cincinnati College of Embalming, she was employed in the office of the College. After Lew's graduation, they moved to Columbus where she was employed by the ASC office. Elly is a graduate of Ohio University and taught school in Amanda Clearcreeek Elementary for several years. She was an EMT with f Amanda Twp. EMS for over 10 years. She obtained her Funeral Directors License in 1968. She is an active member of the Amanda Presbyterian Church, having served as a Sunday School Teacher, Deacon, and Elder. She is a member of the Order of Eastern Star and the Pythian Sisters. She also an associate member of the First Presbyterian Church in New Smyrna Beach, Fl.
Lew was born and raised on a farm in Paulding Co., Ohio. He attended Otterbein College and on September 16, 1956 he married Eleanor Abbott also of Paulding Co. Together they moved to Cincinnati where he graduated from the Cincinnati College of Embalming in 1957. After serving his apprenticeship in Columbus , Lew and Eleanor moved to Amanda . Lew is a member of the Amanda Presbyterian Church, Associate member of the First Presbyterian Church in New Smyrna Beach, Fl., member and 6 time past master of the Amanda Masonic Lodge , member and past chancellor of the K of P Lodge in Stoutsville, former member and past president of the Amanda Lions Club. Lew was instrumental in the formation of the Amanda Twp. EMS serviing as the first coordinator for over 10 years.
Jeff along with his wife Annie is the owner of the funeral home. Jeff is a 1985 graduate of Wayne State University’s Mortuary Science Program.
He also holds a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University which he earned in 1992. He enjoys exercising and spending time off with his children – Maggie, Jack and Peter.
Jeff and his family are members of the St. Basil Catholic Church. When time allows, Jeff likes to be active in our community and is a member of the Kiwanis Club, Loyal Order of the Moose, Sons of the American Legion, and the Knights of Columbus. In 2013, Jeff and his family were the St. Basil Knights of Columbus Family of the year.
Jeff was recognized by the Bobby Walker Administration with their Leadership Award in 2010. He was also recognized by the First Spiritual Church of Covert for his role in community leadership in 2015.